I'm writing a full article (6-8 pages) using IEEE guidelines.
Currently got two versions: one where images are more readable, and another where 4 images to be read need a lot of zoom.
In the first case, the article has 10 pages in total (3 columns are references). In the second case, 8 pages in total (3 columns are references).
I know from fact that
References most definitely count (for the page total). IEEE page limits are inclusive of any front and/or back matter. And it is a HARD limit—not even a single word should spill over onto an additional page.
I don't want to have the images like that where the reader needs to put on extra zoom but i also want to respect the total page limit.
Is there a way the images can be placed after references (or anywhere in a specific section) that makes them not count for the total page count?
If not, considering the images are very relevant and both the content and references were reduced as much as i could, what can I do in this situation?